This paper proposes a simple noninvasive method that makes it possible to calculate the inner design parameters of the cemented doublet using measurements of its chosen paraxial optical and geometrical parameters without any damage to the system under testing (e.g., dismantling). Derived formulas are based on the knowledge of measured values of the lenses thicknesses, the radii of curvatures of the first and the last doublet’s surfaces, the paraxial focal length, and positions of the object and the image focal point. Practical usefulness of the proposed method is demonstrated on the real measurement of a known doublet.
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In practical industrial applications the issue of determining the internal parameters of the optical system (e.g., photographic objective, etc.) without any damage to its components is in focus very often. The optical systems are usually composed by individual simple lenses or cemented doublets. A determination of parameters of simple lenses is very well known and it is an easily solvable problem, because one is able to measure the radii of curvatures of the lens’ surfaces and the central thickness. Afterwards, the index of refraction can be calculated from the known formula for the optical power of the lens. A much more complicated issue comes to role with testing the cemented doublet if one wants to determine its internal parameters without any damage to the component, which is advantageous for practical purposes.
A cemented doublet belongs to frequently used optical systems in practice [1–6]. The doublet is composed of two spherical lenses, where the second radius of the first lens is identical to the first radius of the second lens, and both lenses are cemented together. In practice, it is possible to measure external parameters and aberrations relatively easily by various measurement techniques [7–14]. However, the internal parameters cannot be measured directly.
The authors’ previous work  describes the possibility of determination of internal parameters of a cemented doublet, which is based on the measurement of paraxial parameters and wave aberration for a point on the optical axis of the doublet (spherical aberration). With regard to the fact that it is not possible to obtain a simple analytical solution for a determination of an unknown doublet’s internal parameters, the optimization technique has to be used [16,17].
The aim of this work is to propose a novel and simple noninvasive method that makes it possible to obtain the internal design parameters of the cemented doublet using measurements of some paraxial optical and geometrical parameters of the doublet. The simplification of the previous procedure  is based on the measurement of internal thicknesses of the individual lenses, which can be by available commercial measurement devices, e.g., OptiCentric by the company Trioptics . Such an approach provides a possibility to derive simple and explicit analytical formulas for the calculation of the remaining internal parameters only with the knowledge of the focal length, position of the object focal point, and position of the image focal point. Therefore, it is not needed to measure the wave aberration and calculate the internal parameters with complex optimization techniques, as it was necessary in the authors’ previous paper .
2. DETERMINATION OF PARAMETERS OF CEMENTED DOUBLET
A scheme of the cemented doublet is shown in Fig. 1. Such an optical system has seven design parameters, namely three radii of curvature , two values of central thickness , and two values of refractive index of individual lenses, from which the doublet is composed by. In Fig. 1, and denote object and image focal point of the doublet, and are refractive indices of the object and image media, and are vertices of the doublet laying on the optical axis, and are distances of the object and the image focal points from the vertices.
Using equations for paraxial ray tracing [1–6] one can derive the following formulas for optical power , position of the object focal point , and position of the image focal point of the doublet. It holds:
As one can see from Fig. 1, it is possible to measure relatively easily the radii of curvature and , overall central thickness of the doublet , positions of the object and image focal points and , and focal length between the second principal plane and the image focal point of the doublet using the methods given, for example, in [7–15]. Next, it is possible to measure thicknesses and of the individual lenses using available commercial devices, e.g., Trioptics’ OptiCentric .
Suppose now that the doublet is in the air, i.e., it holds for the object and image refractive indices , . Such a situation is the most common in practical situations. As was already stated in the introduction, the aim of this work is to determine the internal parameters , , and of the cemented doublet if one is able to measure radius of its first surface, radius of its last surface, thickness of the first lens and of the second lens, the focal length (where is the optical power of the doublet when the surrounding media is air), position of the object focal point, and position of the image focal point. The remaining parameters (, , and ) then can be calculated as follows.
Afterwards, the index of refraction of the first lens can be calculated as follows:
Finally, one can find the value of the second radius of the doublet with one of the following formulas:
In summary, one should follow the steps below for the calculation of inner parameters of the doublet:
The issue of inner parameters determination is therefore solved.
In this example the authors will present the proposed novel method of the calculation of parameters of the doublet in the case when the refractive indices , and radius of the doublet are not known. As a comparison with the authors’ previous method , the same cemented doublet will be used.
Consider a cemented doublet having the following nominal parameters: , , , , , (Schott N-BK7), (Schott F2) for the wavelength . Further, one obtains , , .
Measurements of individual parameters of the doublets were carried out in laboratories of Meopta-optika company . Measurements were performed using several measuring instruments in order to obtain a higher reliability. Measurements of parameters , , and were carried out using OTS 200 from OEG-Messtechnik, OptiCentric MOT 2R from Trioptics, and the interferometer OWI 150 XT from Optotech. Measurements of the radii of curvatures were performed using the interferometer OWI 150 XT from Optotech and the interferometer Zygo Verifire ATZ from ZYGO. The following values for individual parameters were obtained: , , , , , , and . The accuracy of the measured parameters was as follows. The accuracy of the measurements of parameters , , and was , the accuracy of the measurement of the thickness was with the use of the device Trioptics OptiCentric, and the accuracy of the radii of curvature measurement was . Using the measured values and Eqs. (4)–(7) one can obtain the unknown parameters .
The nominal and resulting calculated values of the internal doublet parameters are given in Table 1. As one can see, the differences of the calculated parameters from the nominal parameters are very small, and the proposed method is efficient for the described problem of the determination of the inner parameters of the doublet in practice.
The paper presented novel and simple explicit formulas for the calculation of the inner parameters of a cemented doublet based only on the knowledge of the first and back radii of curvature , central thickness , and the doublet’s paraxial parameters, i.e., focal lengths , position of the object focal point , and position of the image focal point . It was shown with the example of a real doublet that the proposed method is very efficient for the described issue of the determination of the inner doublet’s parameters and that the method can find practical usage.
Grant Agency of the Czech Technical University in Prague (SGS15/125/OHK1/2T/11).
The authors would like to thank Dr. Ševčík from Meopta-optika company for the performed measurements of doublets.
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